I love traveling to Asia! There’s something so special about all of the rich cultures in one area. Though I haven’t been back to Japan since my high school graduation trip (yes, it really was that long ago!) I am hoping to get back to Tokyo soon with my family to experience it again. My desire to visit Tokyo grew even stronger after a closer friend of mine went there over the summer. She had such an incredible time and I can’t wait for a similar experience. According to her, there are many great things to do in Japan! Keep reading to see what her favorite parts were. Some of these were reminiscent of my trip, too.
Travel Amazing Asia: Tokyo, Japan
Watch A Sumo Practice
Sumo wrestling is the national sport in Japan, so while here, why not check out the experience? There are several training facilities located on the outer skirts of Tokyo, and many of them have their morning classes open to the public. It’s really neat to see something you may have only heard about on TV or in the movies. Believe it or not, my friend referred to this experience as “breathtaking.” Learn more about watching a sumo practice here.
Mori Building Digital Art Museum
This museum opened in 2018 as the only digital art museum in the world. And regardless of if you like digital art or not, it is simply a unique experience that cannot be missed. I’m told that the intricate artwork is also a great place to take photos, so make sure that you come prepared with your best outfit on if that is important to you.
Located near the Asakusa area, Ueno is the biggest park in all of Tokyo. Admission to the park itself is free, and guests can enjoy a zoo, historical monuments, and beautiful landscaping. Ueno is also a great place to explore if you are traveling on a budget, as many of the hotels and hostels throughout the area charge lower rates. Food is less expensive, too.
Ramen At Shinjuku
Ramen is one of the most sought-after dishes in Japan, so why not eat it in the best place in the country? The Shinjuku area is home to a really dense collection of ramen joints and food stands, and you are guaranteed to have the best ramen of your life no matter which joint you choose. My friend recommends ordering small dishes from several places and comparing them to one another. How else will you find the truly delicious stuff?
Itching for the beach? My friend recommends traveling a little outside of Tokyo for the ocean. Located just south of Tokyo, Kamakura is one of the most renowned surf spots in the area. Plus, while you’re here, take a trip up the mountain to see the incredible bronze buddha statue.